We love our winter escapes to the beach. Swapping subzero temps for blue water and white sand is a tried-and-true cure-all for cabin fever. As much as we love the waves and shells, multiple days at the beach can get monotonous if there isn’t anything to break up all the napping and reading. We usually travel with our extended family, so games and activities that work for toddlers, tweens, and adults help us bond while fighting boredom. Check out these 12 fun beach games that are sure to create family fun.

12 Beach Games for Family Fun

Relay Race

Divide family and friends into two groups, and organize a relay race. Players take turns filling a small cup with ocean water and dumping it into a sand bucket. First team to fill their bucket with water wins!

Source: Nicole Hill Gerulat via One Charming Party

12 Beach Games for Family Fun

Sandy Rope Snake

A jump rope becomes a slithering sand snake when three players play this wiggly rope game. Jump to avoid being bit by the snake!

Source: Mum Junction

 

12 Beach Games for Family Fun

Family Beach Yoga

Wake up or wind down as a family with a session of beach yoga. Google to find lots of kid-friendly poses.

Source: kidrocketbmx

 

12 Beach Games for Family Fun

DIY Beach Scavenger Hunt and Printable

Search for sandy souvenirs and sights with this free printable beach scavenger hunt sheet. Up the challenge for the adults by adding unusual finds to the list.

Source: View from a Step Stool

 

12 Beach Games for Family Fun

Beach Tic Tac Toe Printable

Rocks and shells are perfect for a seaside game of tic tac toe. Simply laminate (or use a sleeve protector for) the free printable game board.

Source: Hello, Wonderful

 

12 Beach Games for Family Fun

DIY Beach Skee-Ball

Sculpt a small ramp in the sand, and create one or more holes that kids and adults can sink a croquet ball into to make this beach skee-ball game.

Source: Life with Leo

 

12 Beach Games for Family Fun

Beach Olympic Hurdles Game

Use hula hoops for hurdles to create a sandy version of the Summer Games.

Source: A Small Snippet

 

12 Beach Games for Family Fun

Beach Relay Race

Make a pool noodle or rolled paper baton to start a beach relay race off on the right foot.

Source: A Small Snippet

 

12 Beach Games for Family Fun

DIY Colourful Sand Castles

Use non-toxic dye to turn regular sand into a sensation. The entire family can colour then create masterpieces to match their imagination.

Source: Diana Rambles

 

12 Beach Games for Family Fun

2-D Sand Castle Competition

Challenge teams of family and friends to design amazing 2-D sand castles. Rocks, shells, and small sticks are ideal materials for castle outlines.

Source: Jean Van’t Hul

 

12 Beach Games for Family Fun

DIY Beach Bowling

Pack small cups with sand to form bowling pins. Grab a ball, and roll your way to a strike or two.

Source: Inspired by Family

 

12 Beach Games for Family Fun

Teeny Tiny Sandman

Turn a winter pastime into a sunny way to spend a beach day. Build a pint-sized, sandy snowman with twig arms and pebble eyes. A shell makes a perfect hat.

Source: Mum Junction